This Saturday from 9am to 130pm,  continuing as scheduled. The free annual Valley Disaster Preparedness Fair is a joint Whole Community event to help bring awareness to being better prepared for emergencies and disasters. The 12th annual Fair will be held at the Northridge Fashion Center’s Pacific Theaters parking lot (our usual place) in the San Fernando Valley, California. See website for more information:


You will have more time to enjoy the Fair and your family will be eligible for a free
Family Emergency Preparedness (EP) Starter Kit. Only one registration per family is needed.

Top five reasons to get prepared NOW

  1. You live in Southern California.
  2. You might save your own life or the life of a loved one (human or pet).
  3. In a large disaster, emergency services will be overwhelmed and won’t be there to help you for days or perhaps weeks.
  4. The first 60 minutes after a disaster are critical for survival. Do you have a plan to follow — or will you panic?
  5. When disaster strikes, the time for preparation just ended. Do you have food, water, and first-aid supplies at home, in your car, and at the office? Don’t forget supplies for your pets! Prepare now!
  6. Are you Ready?

    Easy checklists that can help save a life by customizing your kit, securing your home, preparing for your pet, collecting your vital documents, and more. We even have a list of suggested places to purchase your supplies to help get you started on the path to preparedness. Visit

    Would you like to participate?

    We have opportunities for exhibitors, contributors, and volunteers.
    Contact us at

    FREE? Yes, it’s ALL FREE!
    Because we have generous supporters who care about getting the community prepared for disasters
    Registration • Admission • Speakers • Demonstrations • Parking • Giveaways
    AND Family EP Starter Kits* and lunch* (while supplies last)

    Sincere thanks to the beneficent supporters of the Fair: Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils,
    Council District 12 (, County Supervisor Kathryn Barger (, many other participants, exhibitors, volunteers, and donors.

    Come one, come all!  The entire day is FREE — FREE PARKING, FREE ADMITTANCE, FREE PRESENTATIONS AND DEMOS, FREE SIDEWALK CPR INSTRUCTION (compression only), FREE CHILD ID, FREE FIRST AID AND PET PREPAREDNESS INFO, FREE LUNCH  and FREE STARTER FAMILY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS KITS (while supplies last)!  Bring the whole family!  Red Cross Children’s Safety Puppet Show at 9:15, 10:00, and 11:30 am, and 12:15 pm.  Also, Duck-Cover-Hold on for kids!
    Bring your out-of-state emergency contact information (full name, complete address, and phone number with area code), and visit the ham radio National Traffic System (NTS) station, and they will get a radiogram message to your out-of-state contact from the Fair.  Dr. Kate Hutton (K6HTN), retired CalTech Seismologist and tv spokesperson, will be attending the station.
    Be sure to catch one or more of our 5 great speaker sessions:
        10:00 am to 10:30 am – Dan Tomlinson, Retired Manhattan Beach Police Officer and ACS Communications Coordinator for LAFD B10 & B17 will discuss how to cope when the power goes out after a disaster, including options for safely providing your own electrical power when the grid goes down.
        10:45 am to 11:15 am – Dr. Julian Lozos, Seismologist at Cal. State Univ. Northridge will explain how earthquake faults work, where that shaking comes from, and how our public infrastructure, including homes, hi-rises and above and below ground utilities will be affected.
        11:30 am to 12:00 pm – Chief Michel Moore, LAPD’s top cop will tell us about LAPD’s disaster readiness and response plans to “protect and to serve” during and after a major disaster.  Remember, you’ll be on your own for several days or more!
        12:15 pm to 12:45 pm – Helen Chavez, Asst. Director, Preparedness Division of the LA County Office of Emerg. Mgt.  Her talk on the Great California Shakeout and Earthquake Preparedness will be presented in Spanish!
        1:00 pm to 1:30 pm – Diana Shepherd and William Daffer of the Calif. Emerg. Mobile Patrol Canine unit (C.E.M.P.) will tell us about these amazing animals and the rigors and training these wonderful search dogs and their handlers endure.  Did you know?  Search dogs have specialties!
    In recognition of the commitment and tremendous value CERT members contribute to their communities, we will present the first 100 CERT volunteers with a special EP item for your kit.  Show us your course completion certificate, callout team ID, or your CERT vest at the CERT Appreciation booth.  Sandy Joseph and I will be there to say “Thank you” for your service!
    So go on line at and register, print out your voucher, and save time at Registration and the line to get your free Family Starter EP Kit!  Then go grab a burger or a hot dog and enjoy all the fun things going on at the Fair!
    We’ll see you Saturday, November 9th, at the Flyaway, 9:00 AM, for our next LBNC EP Meeting.  In the meantime, invite your friends and neighbors to the Fair this Saturday.  Hope to see you there!